21 OCT - 3 DEC 2017

An exploration into ways contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are responding to the resurgence in traditional art practices.




TRANSMISSION is a major project that includes an exhibition, workshops, public programs, performance events and tertiary student public art making. Curated by Cherie Johnson, the group exhibition TRANSMISSION will explore the ways contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are responding to the resurgence in traditional practices and their place within the contemporary cultural context.   

Transmission of traditional knowledge and practices, the influence of traditional culture on contemporary artists, the rising interest in contemporary Indigenous art making in the wider community and the move to repatriate objects to their traditional owners, sit against questions of what is culturally appropriate, cultural appropriation and who has authority. The project will aim to bringing awareness and stimulate discussion around the complexity of issues that surround contemporary Indigenous art making and production. 

The exhibition will feature up to 8 Aboriginal artists/or cooperatives with the aim to include artists who are working with a diverse variety of materials and practices but whose art making is informed in some way by traditional Indigenous practices, culture, knowledge, beliefs or understandings or connections.


Cherie Johnson is a Gamilaroi and Weilwun woman who resides in Newcastle, NSW and participates as an active member of the Awabakal Community. Cherie is an artist, emerging curator, education consultant and PhD candidate.  

A highly regarded lecturer in Aboriginal cultural education, Cherie has established the education and training consultancy Speaking in Colour and is currently a casual lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Cherie was awarded a Diploma in Teaching from the University of Newcastle in 2006 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Sydney in 2001. She is currently studying her PHD in Aboriginal Philosophy through the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. 

Cherie has participated multiple exhibitions across Australia including Wrapture at the University of Newcastle Gallery (2014); Ash Island and its Transformations at The Lock-Up (2014); Finalist at NATSIAA (National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Awards) 2014, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; The Wollotuka Acquisitive Art Prize (2012) at Ourimbah and Newcastle University Galleries; Convergence (2012) Newcastle Art Space and Not Forgotten (2012) at Rottnest Island, WA.

IMAGE: Cherie Johnson Wrapture 2014, photograph, 42 x 29.7 cm